Learning At Home

As someone with an insatiable curiosity about the world and everything in it, I have always wanted to set up an area to teach my children at home. In another life, I might be a home schooler, but in this life I am settling for part-time enrichment, following cues as the kids show interest in things. I actually think most parents do this. But I have a blog and I like to share.

I set out this new year to get a learning area prepared for the kids. I have a small collection of workbooks, a good stack of printable activities, a full arsenal of art supplies, and I used their Christmas money to pick up some hands-on learning toys and games. As I began assembling our learning stuff (for real, not just in my mind), it was hard not to get carried away. My Pinterest board can attest to that.

I recently posted on a learning activity that the kids just loved – just a small jar of painted stars. The possibilities have been endless – just yesterday they were cookies and pan-a-cakes.

I wanted to share some of other things that are keeping them busy.

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Water color crayon art. She recently had a unit at school on Jesus’ disciples as fishers of men. Her art tends to follow her school work. This picture is on display at Grandma’s house.
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More watercolor crayon art. Here you see the disciples in the boat, waiting for Jesus to call to them.
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Play-doh and cookie cutters.
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Even my 9 year old niece loves Play Doh. She also has a positive self-image.
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Playing with beads. Just jars, beads, and a tray to keep it contained.
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Pattern blocks. 2D was fun, but 3D is better, right?
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Magnetic letters in a metal dump truck. Anything to get letters into my 3 1/2 year old’s hands.
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Making octagons with pattern blocks.
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Making a caterpillar – I couldn’t believe how precise she wanted all the blocks to line up on the paper.
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One way or another, she’s going to learn her alphabet.
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Gatorade caps mod podged with numbers for counting animals.
Free painting with soy paints.
Free painting with soy paints.

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